Game of Graces

So I planned a historical costume picnic this summer, and as part of the picnic activities¬†I wanted to supply some fun lawn games for people to play. A little searching revealed a game from the early 1800s called the Game of Graces— involving throwing and catching a wooden hoop with crossed sticks. It was supposed to promote gracefulness.

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Apparently the game was originally aimed at girls, not boys (what, boys don’t need to learn to be graceful?), but I thought it looked fun,¬†easy, and appropriate for picnickers of both sexes.

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